I don’t believe I had any sense of what it was to be a “man’s man” until Frank McPhail came into our lives. A status not erroneously earned through athletic prowess, bombast or the ability to survive two weeks in the bush with just a can of beans and a bowie-knife. Rather, Frank quietly impressed with an unwavering dedication to those most ancient of qualities – ethics, humility, and an unparalleled mastery of carpentry.
It is almost 13 years ago that Frank was recommended to us by the venerable Leonard Lee, to whom I sought advice on who might assist us with the intimidating task of renovating our new permanent headquarters at 88 Mill Street. Mr. Lee told us Frank was our man, but he cautioned us with one piece of advice.
This past June 28, I had the pleasure of presenting the very first Isaacs Medal for History to Zachary Tuffin.
The pure Silver medal, together with a small bursary, will be presented each year to a graduating student of Almonte & District High School who has chosen to pursue post-secondary studies in History or a related field.
Zachary is now attending the Museum Studies program at Ottawa’s Algonquin College, and we wish him success in his chosen field!
I am delighted to once again be serving as Grand Parade Marshall for this year’s Almonte Zombie Walk For Hunger, benefiting our local Food Bank, as well as both the Soi Dog (Rescue) Foundation and the Country Cat Sanctuary.
Saturday, October 27th, at the Almonte Arena
Registration from 1:00 to 2:00pm
Please join us for this short but fun stumble through town, and help us support these great organizations!
Note: for non-locals who may not get the “inside joke” conveyed in my poster this year – we have just had the pleasure of having a Hallmark Christmas film shot in Almonte over the past month or so, directed by the iconic Megan Follows, A.K.A. the one and only original “Anne of Green Gables”. Notwithstanding the very spectacle of having a crew of 50 filming constantly throughout town for three weeks, I think we all were far more excited about Mrs. Follows’ presence among us!
For our customers in the National Capital Region, why not stop in and browse our inventory this Saturday, 24 February.
Together with numerous other Almonte merchants, we will be participating in the 2018 Mid-Winter Milling, and hosting “spiritual and self-awareness” practitioners for this one-day event.
Aidan Bliss Morton
At Alliance Coin & Banknote, we are pleased to welcome Reike Master Aidan Bliss Morton, who will be demonstrating her craft by appointment:
Aidan Bliss Morton is a spiritually-guided Intuitive Reiki Master who practices hands-on energy healing on a daily basis. Aidan loves sharing the power of Reiki with her clients and is so grateful to be able to assist people with physical, emotional and spiritual challenges. Aidan also uses Oracle cards as a way to connect with Spirit and will have several different decks available for clients to choose from.
Aidan offers a 20-minute Intuitive Reiki session (which includes a 1 card reading from an oracle card deck of your choice) for $20.
Get all of the details about Mid Winter Milling here!
We’re opening our doors on Saturday July 1st, and invite you to pay a visit to Almonte if you’re looking for an alternative to the mass crowds of Parliament Hill. We’ll open from 10am to 4pm.
Weather permitting, our downtown Mill Street will once again be graced end-to-end with a tremendous variety of vintage automobiles. Many of our downtown businesses will be open for the day, and Alliance Coin & Banknote will be offering a coin exchange featuring the new “Canada 150” coin designs.
Heather and I will also be unveiling a special display of 1967 Centennial coins, medals and related memorabilia we have been quietly assembling for the past three years. Finally, we will be putting out new inventory as we begin to see the fruits of our ongoing processing binge.
Why not stop by, and see the nice alternative that Almonte has to offer for this most special of Canada Days! Again, from 10-4 please join us at 88 Mill Street.
For the full 2017 Canada Day line-up in Almonte, visit the Town’s Facebook event page.
The End is Near!!
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We are proud to be a supporter of Almonte’s inaugural
Zombie Walk For Hunger Benefitting the Lanark County Food bank, together with two Animal Aid organizations
Saturday October 10th, 2015 at 11:00 am
Registration 10:00-10:45 am
Almonte Community Centre (Arena)
Local Celtic group “CRATUR” will be performing live during registration!
As the appointed “Official Bankers of the Apocalypse”, we will be on hand to bestow a free awesome “Zombucks” coin to each of the first 100 registrants. Please join us for this fun and worthwhile event!
For further details: https://www.facebook.com/almontezombiewalk?fref=ts